Nouns XX


I.”The poem reminds us that we can’t know the future, that we’re locked in the present moment, that snow is covering the dangerous highway, preventing us from seeing into what-happens-next.” Kevin Clark (along with Marjorie Sandor, Stephen Corey, & Gabriel Blackwell) dive into the work of Judith Kitchen over at Los Angeles Review of Books.  There is never enough from her or about her, in my opinion.  

II. 10 books by their colors.  (Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is my favorite and most accurate in my mind.)

III. On Sally Mann’s photography and the question of public consumption of private moments…or in other words, art.

IV. Seeing where people create can be inspiring.  Maybe one of these 100 artists & their spaces will inspire you?

V.  Or maybe writers’ drinking habits are more inspiring to you.  (But where are the women and their drinks?  Someone needs to fix that.)

VI.  And here are some flat out inspiring (altered) books.

VII. “The way to let go of a memento seems to be to divest it of meaning, to learn to call up a memory—of an event or even just the feeling that accompanied the event—without the object to trigger it. But how do you get rid of your grandmother’s sugar bowl? In the end, I may decide that you don’t.” This beautiful and insightful essay by the (so, so nice) Jennie Goode over at Slag Glass City is a guide to pushing roots through concrete.

VIII.  Here is some magic in the form of herds of new forms of life on the beach!

IX.  Books are the love of my life, so I nodded through this whole article at New Republic by William Giraldi. “For readers, what they read is where they’ve been, and their collections are evidence of the trek. For writers, the personal library is the toolbox which contains the day’s necessary implements of construction—there’s no such thing as a skillful writer who is not also a dedicated reader—as well as a towering reminder of the task at hand: to build something worthy of being bound and occupying a space on those shelves, on all shelves. The personal library also heaves in reproach each time you’re tempted to grab the laptop and gypsy from one half-witted Web page to another. If you aren’t suspicious of a writer who isn’t a bibliophile, you should be”

X. And here is some more book love.  What beautiful craftsmanship.  Imagine what would happen if everyone loved books this much?

XI. “All thinking is/ comparison.” Richard Siken’s “Logic” at Diagram is a tiny machine all its own.  (If you haven’t read War of Foxes yet, here you go.)

XII.  Cy Twombly’s Poems to the Sea … just, everything. (One of 24 featured above.)  But also, all Twombly’s work.

XIII.  I want to quote the whole of Mark Doty’s “In Two Seconds.”  So, just go read it over at American Poetry Review.  It is the most important thing you’ll do all day.  Like my friend Michael said when I shared this with him, “Too many stories like this, not enough poems like this.”

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